CP Community Center provides relief from heat, boredom

Haidyn Hundley awaits the start of her very first ballet class at the Community Center.

The dog days of summer are upon us, which means it is more tempting than ever to sit inside and do nothing all day. But parents and kids who are looking for a little more to stimulate them in the lull between the end of the school year and the beginning of fall need look no further than the College Park Community Center.

The center provides fitness classes split into age groups, with the youngest groups starting at age four and senior programs for those 55 and over. There are water programs at the pool and interesting dry sports such as fencing, archery, karate and more.

For children with rhythm, try a dance class with Danielle Anderson, an instructor who worked at Disney before teaching hip-hop and ballet at the community center. There was not a permanent dance program at the neighborhood center before she started teaching there. Now, she instructs beginner and intermediate classes, working with each child’s individual skill level.

“After I know they’re a good fit, I kind of see how they respond to the movement or the choreography,” Anderson said. She tries to plan recitals and other events so her students have a goal to look forward to. “We have recitals or I try to do things down the road … there’s so many cool events around here that I’m trying to get us more involved in.”

Robin Payne, the community center’s facility manager, said residents can register for classes online or in person. The full listing of classes and costs is available online or, Payne said in an email, “For those folks that are not tech savvy we have flyers and brochures located at the neighborhood center.”

Some prices are per month and some are per class, depending on the sport.

The center also provides kindergarten through fifth-grade after-school and school holiday programs once the school year starts again.

Check http://www.cityoforlando.net/recreation/college-park-neighborhood-center/ for the full class schedules and prices.


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